Third-time lucky for Clitheroe’s Chameleons?

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CLITHEROE’S Chameleons are hoping to run out at Wembley.

On Sunday, the team will take part in a regional final at Trafford Soccerdome, and if they are successful, they will then take on the southern winners from Sunday’s southern event in Milton Keynes at Wembley on April 3rd, ahead of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final between Brentford and Carlisle United.

Over £6,000 in cash prizes are on offer, with a celebrity host - in Manchester’s case, former United and England winger Lee Sharpe - with competition shoot-outs and instant prizes on the day, as well as the main event.

All Johnstone’s customers who opened an account before January this year are welcome to compete, with squads consisting of a maximum eight players.

The Clitheroe Chameleons – named after the town and the state-of-the-art paint mixing machine provided to them by the sponsors - have done well in previous competitions, without reaching their Wembley goal - yet.

In 2009, the team, put together by Clitheroe Decorating Centre owner Brian Ferguson, had an excellent start and gained a place in the semi-finals, just two wins away from a place at Wembley.

However, in the last four, they unfortunately lost 3-1.

Then last year, they went even closer, getting to the last two before being knocked out.

Chameleons will hope it is third-time lucky on Sunday.

• READSTONE United Under 9s Yellow had a narrow 4-3 victory over Barrowford Blacks at the weekend.

The goalscorers were Harry Burrows, Nat Sanderson and a brace from man of the match Cade Leonard.

United’s Under 9s Blue were beaten 3-2 by Barnoldswick Town.

The goal scorers were Jack Catley and Tommy Faller, with Oliver Wheatcroft named man of the match.